NOAA CoastWatch Program
The mission of NOAA’s CoastWatch is to provide timely access to
near real-time satellite data to monitor, restore, and
manage U.S. coastal ocean resources.
It serves a diverse user community, including federal, state, and
local coastal resource managers, marine scientists, educators,
and the general public. By delivering a wide array of satellite
environmental data, CoastWatch plays a crucial role in supporting
the efforts of coastal scientists and resource managers across all U.S. coastal waters.
NOAA CoastWatch is structured around a Central Operations office and several Regional Nodes.
Central Operations is responsible for coordinating the processing,
delivery, quality control, and storage of data products and
is managed by NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).
Hosted at NOAA line offices located around the country, the distribution of the Regional Nodes allows for the development of satellite products and scientific expertise that are of regional importance.